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Examplary Partnerships


As complex problems with a social relevance can only be solved by working together, international collaborations are becoming increasingly important. International Relations (IB) supports networking between excellent scientists and leading research institutions throughout the world. We would like to present a few examples of our many important partnerships:

The French Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives and Forschungszentrum Jülich have a long-standing partnership whose roots go back to the Élysée Treaty, signed in 1963, which among other things, stipulated the establishment of joint research programmes. Today's cooperation focuses on supercomputing, structural biology, nuclear safety research, neuroscience, and renewable energy.

At present, the world's leading centre for research with neutrons is the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) with the most powerful high-flux reactor and the broadest range of instruments. In cooperation with the CEA, Jülich scientists operate three instruments there and are involved in others.

At Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the USA, Forschungszentrum Jülich has a branch office and operates a neutron spectrometer at the spallation neutron source. In October 2014, the existing Memorandum of Understanding with ORNL was extended by another five years. The aim is to advance existing cooperations in the field of neutron and energy research, as well as to establish closer scientific and technological collaboration.

Further important cooperations of Forschungszentrum Jülich are with China, where it works together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) as well as Peking University and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Forschungszentrum Jülich cooperates with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) in Russia in the fields of life sciences, soft matter, solid state research, nuclear physics, and environmental research. Energy and climate are the focus of the cooperation between Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Moscow State Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI).

Forschungszentrum Jülich is also represented in New Delhi, India: the India Office brings together all of the activities pursued in India by individual Jülich institutes, and its permanent presence there facilitates the establishment of long-term cooperations with partners from science, research, and industry and lends support in attracting excellent young scientists.

In Brazil, the close cooperation with EMBRAPA – the organization coordinating Brazilian agricultural research – led to the foundation of an external EMBRAPA laboratory in Jülich (Labex); conversely, Forschungszentrum Jülich has established a branch office of the Institute of Bio- and Geosciences – Plant Research (IBG-2) in Brazil.